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Here in the Pacific Northwest we see Carpet Moss everywhere, especially during the winter months when lush green tufts blanket sidewalks, pathways, tree bark, rocks and practically any hard surface that’s left undisturbed for any period of time. We have a saying around here, “Be careful not to stand still too long or you may begin to grow moss too!”
Carpet moss has the unique ability to soak up vast amounts of water in their capillaries and help soak up rainfall and moisture making them perfect for topping of soil in your tropical houseplants that need a little extra humidity and moistness. Carpet Moss can be used with Sphagnum Moss to create Kokedama - a stunning way to display houseplants where the soil is wrapped in moss. Carpet Moss is also a lovely way to add a vibrant pop of green to your terrariums.
*Each bag of Sheet Moss includes approximately two 6 x 8 Inch sheet of sustainably harvested, dried Sheet Moss
Spanish ‘Moss’ is not a type of moss at all, but part of the bromeliad family (think pineapple). This silvery grey plant is a flowering epiphyte, just like our beloved Xerographica! They grow naturally and abundantly in warm, humid environments, generally clinging to tree limbs. It’s important to point out that they grow by draping over trees, they are an epiphyte - not a parasite, meaning they do not feed on the trees that host them, and unless the tree is overrun by Spanish Moss and must fight for sunlight to photosynthesize, these plants and trees live quite harmoniously.
In our home we use Spanish Moss for terrariums, as decorative mulch over potting soil, wrapped around a climbing pole, and for craft projects that need natural filling or stuffing. Did you know that Spanish Moss filament was used as for upholstery in cars, furniture and mattresses? Apparently mattresses made with Spanish Moss were exceptional for climate control keeping things nice and cool!
*Each bag includes approximately 3 ounces of sustainably harvested, dried Spanish Moss
Often referred to as ‘peat moss’ or ‘sphagnum peat moss’ these are actually two parts of the same plant. One is sustainable and regenerates every 5-8 years (Sphagnum), while the other takes thousand of years to reproduce (Peat) and should be left undisturbed.
Sphagnum Moss grows along the surface of bogs, swamps or soil wetlands. When harvested sustainably it can regrow quickly (about 5-7 years) without negatively impacting the environment. Peat Moss on the other hand, is sunken Sphagnum Moss growing over thousand of years forming an integral foundational layer and is responsible for sequestering (soaking up and storing) more carbon than all other types of plant life combined! Peatlands need our protection for a variety of reasons, so we only source sustainably harvested Sphagnum moss.
In our homes, Sphagnum Moss is used for wrapping around wood or bamboo to create a Moss Pole, as a soil topper for decorative use, to wrap around soil to create Kokedama and as a soil amendment for tropical types like philodendron and ferns.
*Each bag includes approximately 3 ounces of sustainably harvested, dried Sphagnum Moss
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